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21 May 2024
Messe Da Pacem: Music by Pierre Villette, Yves Castagnet and Ravel

The Choir of Royal Holloway
Rupert Gough (director / organ)
Sarah Fox (soprano)
Andrew Dewar (organ)
Liam Condon (organ)

The Choir of Royal Holloway presents the debut recording of Pierre Villette’s Messe Da Pacem in a new arrangement for choir and organ by Rupert Gough. Alongside the Mass is Villette’s well-known Hymne à la Vierge, and works by contemporary Parisian composer Yves Castagnet recorded here for the first time. The album opens with a new choral arrangement of Ravel’s ever-popular Pavane pour une infante défunte. The Choir is joined by alumna, and award-winning soprano, Sarah Fox, and accompanied on the newly restored Cavaillé-Coll organ of Notre-Dame d’Auteuil in Paris.


Maurice Ravel transcr. Rupert Gough: Requiem æternam

Paul Villette: Messe da Pacem, Op. 38

I. Kyria

II. Gloria

III. Sanctus

IV. Benedictus

V. Agnus Dei


Paul Villette: Élévation, Op. 22

Paul Villette: Hymne à la Vierge, Op. 24

Paul Villette: Salutation angélique, Op. 20

Yves Castagnet: Messe Brève

I. Kyrie

II. Gloria

III. Sanctus & Benedictus

IV. Agnus Dei


Yves Castagnet: Veni Sancte Spiritus

Recorded at L'Église Notre-Dame d'Auteuil on 30th June-2nd July 2019
Recording Engineer: David Rowell
Recording Producer: Adrian Hunter
Assistant Producer: Matthew Searles
Executive Producer: Philip Arkwright
Total Time: 75:27
Release Date: April 2023

The Choir of Royal HollowayThe Choir of Royal Holloway is unique in the UK as the only collegiate choir with a weekly programme of services and concerts, and is considered to be one of the finest mixed-voice collegiate choirs in Britain. The choir gives 50 or more concerts a year in the UK and abroad. The choir has collaborated, performed and recorded with many prestigious ensembles, including the King’s Singers, BBC Singers, London Mozart Players, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Onyx Brass, Fretwork, and the Britten Sinfonia.

Through the success of their recording catalogue and subsequent live performances, the choir has developed a reputation for the performance of music from the Baltic region. The choir has also enjoyed fruitful collaborations with many living composers and is in much demand for recording projects. Their recent recording Winter Songs with Ola Gjeilo was No. 1 in the UK and US iTunes chart.

Rupert Gough (director / organ)Rupert Gough has been Director of Choral Music & College Organist at Royal Holloway, University of London, since 2005. He is also Organist & Director of Music at London’s oldest surviving church, St Bartholomew the Great, which maintains a professional choir. At Royal Holloway Rupert has developed the choral programme to include weekly choral recitals, choral conducting courses for undergraduates, frequent new choral commissions and has transformed the Chapel Choir into an elite group of 24 choral scholars.

Rupert has worked with a variety of professional ensembles including the BBC Singers, King’s Singers, Britten Sinfonia, London Mozart Players and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. As an organist he has performed widely as a soloist and as a part of a violin and organ duo. Highlights include the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony with the Hong Kong Philharmonic and recitals in Moscow and across the USA.

Sarah Fox (soprano)Educated at Giggleswick School, Sarah Fox was a choral scholar at Royal Holloway, University of London, before further study at the Royal College of Music. A former winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award and the John Christie Award, she is also an Honorary Fellow of Royal Holloway. She is equally at home in many musical genres including opera, folksong and musical theatre.

She regularly performs roles at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Glyndebourne Festival Opera and The Royal Danish Opera, and her concert career encompasses engagements across America as well as tours throughout the UK and Europe. She works with many of the world’s leading orchestras and has appeared several times at the BBC Proms, the Edinburgh Festival and the Three Choirs Festival, and is a regular guest at London’s Wigmore Hall. Sarah also performs frequently with John Wilson and his orchestra.



Andrew Dewar (organAndrew Dewar’s musical career started at an early age; he began playing organ at his local church in Yeovil, Somerset, at the age of nine. With a scholarship to Wells Cathedral School in 1996 he studied organ with Rupert Gough, David Sanger, David Briggs (improvisation) and harpsichord with David Ponsford. From 1999–2000 he was Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral, before moving to Germany where he studied at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart with Ludger Lohmann. Andrew has been Organist of the American Cathedral in Paris since 2010 and is also Professor of Organ at the Royal College of Music, London.

Andrew has won a host of prizes at international organ competitions, including St Albans, and has an extensive concert diary which has taken him on tours to Russia and North America, alongside frequent engagements throughout Europe. In addition to his solo recital work, he regularly takes masterclasses and sits on adjudication panels.



Liam Condon (organLiam Condon currently holds the position of Organ Scholar at Lichfield Cathedral. He previously held the organ scholarship, under the guidance of Rupert Gough, at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he graduated with a degree in music and worked closely with the renowned Chapel Choir. The organ scholarship saw Liam tour with the choir to various countries in Europe as well as North America, whilst also having the opportunity to perform live
on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Alongside his degree studies, Liam was the Director of Music of St Michael and St Mary Magdalene Church, Bracknell.

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